Be the change that you wish to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi
For sure, I want the tech and startup ecosystem in the country to be much different from what I see now (as you must have guessed from my earlier 50 shades piece).
I do want the doers and geeks to be talking. I do want to see some really interesting products (and no more *karts) and more debates/discussions than mere PR announcements.
And the only way to go about this is by building a platform that enables these.
“It doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go.” – Bob Proctor
The real potential of NextBigWhat doesn’t lie in the content – it’s the platform, the community we reach out to and the engagement we drive.
To quickly share, we launched the forum version of NextBigWhat last year – it was quite a huge success, but as we started to scale, we realised that fundamentally it needed a different mix of community, formats and engagement.
After few experiments, we have launched the *final* version of NextBigWhat (on Jan 1, 2017). Before we share the details further, let me thank you for keeping with us! For sure, we experimented a lot over the last 6 months – only with 1 intent:
To create a vibrant community of founders, doers, geeks and interesting folks!
The startup and tech space in India has largely been ruled by the well funded gorillas who have the PR machinery in place (refer to my rants/perspective on this). There needs to be a cozy and comfortable place for the doers and geeks to mingle with each other / debate / discuss ideas/products and that’s what we aim to be -> *the* melting pot of ideas, discussions.
As a community, we debate/discuss and learn from each other. We ask (tough) questions. We talk futuristic tech.
We are the curious ones. The ones with real market insights.
Here is how it works:
- You submit interesting articles/resources (add your commentary/take on that).
- Based on engagement (comments/votes/views), your submission will hit the homepage.
- Starting Saturday, you will start seeing ‘Recent’, ‘Popular’ and ‘Trending’ stories – ensuring that any visit to NextBigWhat gives you interesting things to read / ponder upon.
- The real magic happens with the discussion format. You will end up meeting a whole lot of interesting folks who have interesting perspective and that’s where our focus is going to be!
That is, a community based around ideas/discussions and debates on startups/tech/business and everything in between (culture, trolls and even Taher Shah)!
Welcome to NextBigWhat! We start where the news and PR ends.
Our mission is to bring the country’s tech and startup communities together.